February 26, 2010
Taking Christ Out of the Country

H/T to Swiftspeech for this excerpt from Robert Paul Wolff’s excellent blog, new to me but not for long, The Philosopher’s Stone.

…Do we want to live in a country in which the fortunate (medically speaking) accept additional insurance costs in order to provide for the unfortunate? Or do we wish to live in a country in which the fortunate are permitted to separate what happens to them from what happens to the unfortunate? Notice that by “fortunate” and “unfortunate” I do not mean “those who do not get sick” and “those who do get sick.” That would be looking at the matter ex post. I mean by fortunate “those less less likely ex ante to get sick,” and by “unfortunate” I mean “those more likely ex ante to get sick.” We are still talking probabilities here, of course. Even the young and healthy sometimes get cancer and have heart attacks. They just do so much less often. And by the same token, even multiple cancer sufferers sometimes go cancer free for the rest of their lives. But that too occurs much less often.

When we clear away all the bafflegab, all the confusion, all the posturing and bickering and procedural wrangling, all the political maneuvering, what we find is that the Democrats want America to be a country in which the fortunate shoulder some of the burdens of the unfortunate. And the Republicans want America to be a country in which they do not. In short, if I may put it this way, the Democrats want America to be a Christian country, and the Republicans want America to be a Godless country…


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at February 26, 2010 01:33 PM
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Did you have trouble finding the painting of the paralytic paying the Apostles Health Plan for his cure?

The Republicans are controlling the message about religion, the same way they seem to control every other message. The Democratic Christians seem to be taking that still, small voice thing literally.

Posted by: Charles on February 26, 2010 4:25 PM

Republicans are the very Pharisees and Hypocrites who Jesus condemned.

Posted by: Mike Goldman on February 26, 2010 6:18 PM

Personally I think it's more complicated than that.

I think that many Republicans do have Christ in mind, however their view is that the miraculous will happen daily and deliver us from all our problems. They expect the Government to deliver every possible service and also feed the multitudes including our expensive armed forces by a collecting the smallest possible basket of taxes, the current version of loaves and fishes, but completely forget about the way that the rich man was told by Christ how he was to make it into heaven. And they are positive that Christ appears in every hospital and doctor's office, make his rounds, cures everyone and never sends anyone a bill.

Posted by: Buck on February 26, 2010 10:20 PM

I think there are three fundamental mistakes that are implied in this analysis.

A This is not a democracy, this is an oligarchy.

B There are very few Christians of either the republican/democrats or of the democrat/republican that are in any way following anything in the New Testament. They worship Mammon. All of their quotes come from the Old Testament, which is one of the most evil holy books ever compiled.

C All politicians are self serving. The number of politicians working for the public interest is so infinitesimal that they could be counted on as less than 1 percent. An extreme outlier.

Posted by: Skeptic on February 27, 2010 8:17 PM

I have to agree with Skeptic.

People who espouse true Christian virtues like Dennis Kucinich and a very few others do are more likely than not to be made out to be fools.

I cannot believe that Jesus would look on these self-proclaimed "Christians" with anything but dismay and righteous anger - like the anger he showed several times in the Bible tales when confronted by hypocrites and/or greedsters.

No one on the Republican side even pretends to speak Jesus' language of love, generosity and humility so how can their protestations of religious inspiration be taken seriously?

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Posted by: Suzan on February 27, 2010 11:35 PM
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